The National Resource Center on Native American Aging is again seeking nominations for individuals in your community who you feel have impacted the lives of your elders. “Sister Charles Palm” has been nominated. She has served the elders of the Crow Creek Tribe for nearly 25 years with tireless commitment against an immense work load of feeding our needy elders.
She has founded the Golden Age elderly nutrition program, Crow Creek Food Bank, and the Dacotah Tipis-Habitat for Humanity affiliate at Fort Thompson, and serves as the treasurer for all to ensure adequate funding and proper use of those funds.
Currently she also serves as the Pastoral Minister for St. Joseph’s Parish here in Fort Thompson, SD. which puts the workload of running two Catholic parishes here on the reservation on her shoulders, including St. Catherine’s parish in Big Bend, SD.
She is the hardest working individual on this reservation, and has been for a long, long time.
More about Sister Charles:
Sister Charles was born and raised on a farm in Richardton, North Dakota. In 1952 during her high school years, Sister Charles was “called” by the Lord to enter the Convent at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota to become a Roman Catholic Nun. While serving her vocational calling, she quickly fulfilled the requirements of Mount Marty High School in Yankton, receiving her diploma in 1953.
In 1955 Sister Charles began teaching in both North Dakota and South Dakota, serving diligently where needed. During her teaching career she pursued her higher education with Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. There she majored in education and minored in music, earning her B.A. in Education in 1967. Sister Charles continued her teaching ministry until 1974, at which time she began her vocational career in Pastoral Ministry. She served as Pastoral Minister for Saint Catherine Parish in Sisseton, South Dakota improving the lives of the members of the Sisseton/Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, while continuing her graduate studies of ministry with Mount Marty College. Sister Charles received her Masters of the Arts in Ministry in 2001. In 1991, Sister Charles and a handful of other Christian community members engaged each other in an attempt to help alleviate the terrible housing crisis on Crow Creek by creating HFH Dacotah Tipis, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate that would serve within the boundaries of the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation. Their wondrous efforts resulted in the affiliate being founded in 1992. As a founding board member, and serving the affiliate in many ways, Sister Charles has been directly involved with the Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity program for 19 years. Sister Charles currently serves as Pastoral Minister at Saint Joseph Parish in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, and serves diligently as Board Treasurer for both Habitat for Humanity Dacotah Tipis, and the Golden Age Elderly Center which provides a sit-down and delivered healthy meals program for tribal elders of the Fort Thompson, Crow Creek, and West Bend communities.